Utah Paria Road Closure
RALLY - UPDATE
Rarely in Utah do you get any officials that
are prepared to stand up to the BLM and the
State and Federal Governments. Kane County is
stepping up, their Commissioners will be out at
this ride. They have put together documentation
and are trying to keep this land public.... How
do you think it looks if you aren't willing to
make a few hours drive to make a difference?
Dear GRE Members:
So I was just contacted by the Kane County
Commission regarding a closure that the BLM is
I’ve attached the pertinent documentation which
tells most of the story, but if you don’t want
to read it, here’s the skinny.
The GSENM BLM would like to close the road to
the Paria town site. This is a 6.8 mile stretch
of road that runs from the highway to the Paria
town site, past the graveyard and out to the old
mine diggings and houses.
The road is well used, and last time we were
down there we saw quite a few Ford Focus, Honda
Accords and the like, driving the road, mostly
to photo, picnic and explore the area.
Paria has been around since before 1900, and
so has the road. So it’s quite a slap in the
face to try and close it.
Also at stake are the cemetery, and the
buildings out in the mine camp. All of Paria has
washed away, but on the eastern side of the
river are 2 impressive structures, the stonework
alone is amazing. So if these roads are closed,
so is access to the cemetery and the buildings.
We all know what happens at that point.
Vandals have already burned the reconstructed
movie site, what do you think they will do when
they find a cemetery out in the middle of
nowhere. No rangers are going to hike in. And
the buildings?? If the BLM closes this road they
might as well bulldoze the cemetery and the
buildings. This closure is not just about a
road, its about your access to a historical
Anyway, I digress, Kane County is disputing
this road closure in court and the BLM has been
ordered not to take any action. However, they
have decided they will bow to the
environmentalist groups and try to close this
County Commissioner Mark Habbeshaw will be
out on Saturday to ride the road, shoulder to
shoulder with his constituents. You need to be
We all have chores and other duties, but if
this gets closed we lose it forever, your chores
and birthday parties can wait. YOU NEED TO SHOW
UP AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT.
We will be driving the road and showing the
BLM that the off road and historical
preservation community is just as aggressive as
the Environmentalist movement and we deserve to
GRE has worked with the GSENM BLM recently
and found them to all be very rational and fair
individuals. I firmly believe that they just
need to see a show of support and they will
abandon this cause. That means YOU NEED TO SHOW
SATURDAY, May 9th, 2009
9:00 AM Sharp at the Stampin Up Facility (looks
like an old wild west town with false fronts) 5
miles East of Kanab near the mouth of Johnson’s
Canyon. EMAIL IF YOU NEED MORE DIRECTIONS!
Every Man, Woman and Child is Needed.
Saturday May 9th at 9:00 A.M. at the old “Stampin
East of Kanab
Bring your 4x4’s, Jeeps, 4-wheelers & Rhino’s
ready to ride the Paria Canyon road.
Please bring lots of signs, water, your lunch
and Video Cameras
The Media will be there and so will your Friends
“We the People” must stop the Federal Government
down all our roads and doubling the size of the
WE MUST STAND UNITED!
GRE will be in town Friday evening, we are
staying at the Holiday Inn Express. Cheap, clean
rooms!! If anyone wants to ride down with us, I
should have room for 2. As an FYI, the GRE Rover
is undergoing some body modifications in
preparation for this year’s Safari, so we will
be in a well marked Acura, and we will run the
Hard copy to print and get personal
signatures.For those that want to mail your
petitions, please mail them to:
1969 South Highway 89A
Kanab, UT 84741